Accidental Death of an Anarchist

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Bloomsbury Academic, Oct 16, 2003 - Drama - 100 pages
In its first two years of production, Dario Fo's controversial farce, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, was seen by over half a million people. It has since been performed all over the world and is widely recognised as a classic of modern drama. A sharp and hilarious satire on political corruption, it concerns the case of an anarchist railway worker who, in 1969, 'fell' to his death from a police headquarters window.

This version of the play was premiered in London in 2003.

Commentary and notes by Joseph Farrell.

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An AMAZING tour de force that is excellent in every scene and almost every line. It was a pleasure to read and was funny, cynical, deep and absurd at the same time. Dario Fo creates like no other-- this play is highly inventive and original. I recommend it for anyone interested in drama. Read full review

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A Marx brothers type of political farce. The play revolves around the theme of misuse of power. In 1969 a bomb was planted in an Italian bank and a number of people were killed. In the aftermath of ... Read full review


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More than a playwright, Dario Fo is a "theatrical activist," a successful comedian who has been performing and writing for radio, television, film, cabaret, and theater for decades. One of Italy's most renowned dramatists, Fo's avant-garde approach is, in fact, a modern renewal of the commedia dell'artecommedia dell'arte. In the late 1960s, he formed the theater company La Nuova Scena (The New Scene), which produced politically committed shows in meeting halls of leftist organizations. One noteworthy example is Accidental Death of an Anarchist (1970), which is still performed, its content constantly updated from a radical Marxist standpoint to reflect current events. It was performed in New York City in 1985. Dario Fo won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1997.

Simon Nye is the award-winning writer of sit-coms such as Men Behaving Badly.

Joseph Farrell is Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. He has served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Chief Economist at the Anti-Trust Division, US Department of Justice, 2000 2001.

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